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TV tonight: the adaptation of bestselling book The Tattooist of Auschwitz
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TV tonight: the adaptation of bestselling book The Tattooist of Auschwitz

The Tattooist of Auschwitz

9pm, Sky Atlantic

The remarkable true story of Lali Sokolov, a Slovakian Jew who was ordered to tattoo prisoners in Auschwitz-Birkenau, and Gita Furman, the fellow inmate who he fell in love with in the camp and married after they both survived, inspired Heather Morris’s bestselling 2018 novel. This devastating six-part adaptation doesn’t shy away from the horrors – Lali being told he is one of the few Jewish people to walk out of a gas chamber is just one horribly chilling scene. Jonah Hauer-King is young Lali and Anna Próchniak is Gita, while Harvey Keitel is older Lali and Melanie Lynskey is Heather – who we see conduct the interviews that made the book happen. Hollie Richardson

The Other War

9pm, BBC Three

Reporter Isobel Yeung and her team are on the ground in the occupied West Bank, as they navigate gun battles, combat raids and secret meetings while the conflict continues to cause devastation. What they find, they say, “raises serious questions about the conduct of the Israeli military” and they uncover “a dangerous situation that is on the brink of exploding”. HR

Murder, They Hope

9pm, BBC Two

Sian Gibson, Johnny Vegas and Ethan LawrenceView image in fullscreen

Am-dram Shakespeare is the backdrop to Gemma and Terry’s latest crime-fighting adventure. The town’s bakery is sponsoring a production of Romeo and Juliet – but someone is poisoning their food and soon people are dropping like flies. As ever, Sian Gibson and Johnny Vegas are affable leads, just about sustaining a flimsy premise. Phil Harrison

Instagram’s Worst Con Artist

9pm, ITV1

The ultimate proof that you should never believe what you’re fed on social media – the Instagram influencer Belle Gibson gained money and fame by claiming she had cured her terminal cancer through wellness and healthy eating. In this second part of the juicy documentary investigating what happened, it picks up with Gibson deleting her posts as journalists circled, plus a disastrous TV interview. HR


9pm, Channel 4

Sophie Willan has found many things challenging in this series, but this week she outdoes herself by struggling to achieve mastery over a bottle of water. To be fair to her, Nick Mohammed faces similar difficulties. Elsewhere, there’s an eloquent message of peace from Steve Pemberton. As ever, a gloriously effortless hour of entertainment. PH

Joe & Katherine’s Bargain Holidays

10pm, Channel 4

Despite their drastically different approaches, these travel companion comedians haven’t fallen out yet. This week they’re in the Bulgarian resort of Sozopol, where it’s possible to beach-holiday at bargain prices. That’s according to penny-pinching Joe, anyway. Whether the local spa facilities and windmill-based restaurants will pass muster with Katherine remains to be seen. Ellen E Jones

Film choices

The Idea of You (Michael Showalter, 2024), Prime Video
In this slick romantic drama from the director of The Big Sick, the always effervescent Anne Hathaway plays LA art gallery owner and divorcee Solène. When she takes her teenage daughter Izzy (Ella Rubin) to Coachella she has a meet-cute with the English boyband star Hayes (Nicholas Galitzine). Despite the 16-year age gap they fall in love, but the level of his fame – and the social media fallout – causes difficulties for their relationship. With big Notting Hill vibes (minus the comedy), the film aims skilfully for the swooning heart of its target audience. Simon Wardell

The History Boys (Nicholas Hytner, 2006), 10pm, BBC Four

Dominic Cooper and fellow students with Richard Griffiths in a classroom View image in fullscreen

In 2006, Alan Bennett’s Tony-laden play was turned into a terrific film by Nicholas Hytner (an interview between the two follows this screening). Suffused with Bennett’s brand of ambivalent nostalgia, it follows eight sixth-form students at a Sheffield grammar school (played by the likes of Dominic Cooper, James Corden and Russell Tovey) as they are tutored for the entrance exams for Oxbridge, with teacher Hector (a moving Richard Griffiths) the prime mover in trying to expand their teenage minds. SW

Live sport

Uefa Europa Conference League: Aston Villa v Olympiacos 7pm, TNT Sports 1. The semi-final first-leg match.

Source: theguardian.com